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Gaslight Anthem comes to rescue

Updated: April 22, 2009, 12:13 AM ET
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

I spent something like 10 hours crafting what I thought was a timely, relevant column discussing the NBA, black culture and hip-hop music. I was excited about my piece for two main reasons, both of which occurred to me at a poker game I hosted. First, of the nine card players, three could name more than four of the 16 teams participating in the NBA playoffs. I find this disconnect between some of my white friends and the NBA interesting and thought I could address it well.

Second, ...

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